J.S. Monroe
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J.S. Monroe

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Jon Stock, writing under the name J.S.Monroe, is the author of five psychological thrillers, including the international bestseller, Find Me. Under his own name, he has written five spy novels, one of which, Dead Spy Running, was optioned by Warner Bros. He is currently the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at Mansfield College, Oxford. No Place to Hide, the new standalone J.S.Monroe thriller, will be published by Head of Zeus in April 2023. “Clever, convincing and wickedly twisty – highly recommended," according to Mick Herron. A standalone, contemporary thriller set in London, Wiltshire and Cornwall, it's a loose retelling of Dr Faustus. "Compelling, relentless and genuinely frightening," says Simon Russell Beale. The Man On Hackpen Hill, the third J.S.Monroe thriller to feature DI Silas Hart (head of Swindon CID) and DS Strover, was published in the UK by Head of Zeus in 2021. "Original and brilliantly plotted, with not so much a twist as a seismic shifting of the ground under your feet ... Amazing." – Rosamund Lupton. “Impeccably researched… An unusual mystery told with exceptional skill” – Daily Mail; “A kind of Wiltshire Da Vinci Code, with crop circles, mathematical equations and shadowy figures from Porton Down. A real page turner written with beguiling wit.” – Tom Bradby. The Other you (2020), the second DI Hart thriller, was published to widespread critical acclaim. "I doubt many other psychological thrillers published this year will be as propulsive and fun" - Daily Telegraph; "A clever mash-up of psychological thriller and police procedural with a dash of sci-fi" - Daily Mail; "You won't be able to turn the pages fast enough" - Heat Magazine; "Brilliantly original and intriguing ... Kept me hooked, enthralled and guessing to the very end" - Peter James. His second J.S.Monroe thriller, Forget My Name (2018), was the first to feature DI Hart. (It was published as The Last Thing She Remembers in the US.) “An absorbing novel full of unexpected twists, topped by a savage climax” – The Times; “A book that will send thrills down your spine, even on the hottest beach” – Sunday Express. Find Me (2017), the first J.S.Monroe thriller, has sold more than 150,000 copies and been translated into 14 languages. “Intricately woven and heart-stoppingly believable, this has bestseller written all over it” – Clare Mackintosh; “The most ingenious thriller you will read his year. I couldn’t put it down” –M.J.Arlidge. "Cunning, captivating and creepy – a beautifully written thriller with well-drawn characters and a twisting, gripping plot that will keep you guessing until the very last page" – JP Delaney. Jonathan Stewart, who co-wrote the screenplay for Devotion (2022), is currently developing it for TV. Dead Spy Running (HarperCollins, 2009), published in five languages, was followed by Games Traitors Play (2011) and Dirty Little Secret (2012). The movie rights to Dead Spy Running were acquired before publication by Warner Bros and the film was later in development with the director McG. Oscar-winner Stephen Gaghan (Syriana, Traffic) wrote the original script and Adam Wingard (Godzilla vs Kong) was at one point attached to direct. Jon is the author of two other spy thrillers: The Riot Act (Serpent's Tail, 1997), which was shortlisted for the Crime Writer's Association debut crime novel award, and The Cardamom Club (Blackamber/Arcadia, 2003). Both titles were republished in the UK as ebooks by Head of Zeus (The Cardamom Club as The India Spy). He has also written a spy novella, To Snare A Spy (2018), which was commissioned by the Nare Hotel in Cornwall and features a 15-year-old aspiring spy called Noah. After more than 25 years in journalism, including two stints as Weekend editor of the Telegraph, and working as a foreign correspondent in New Delhi, Jon became full-time author in 2015. He lives in Wiltshire with his wife, Hilary Stock, a fine art photographer, and is on the committee of Marlborough LitFest. J.S.Monroe/Jon Stock is represented by Will Francis at Janklow & Nesbit (rbalcombe@janklow.co.uk). Film rights are repped by Emily Hayward-Whitlock at The Artists Partnership (contact Rhiannon@theartistspartnership.co.uk).
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